The classic Cheyenne Diner, at 33rd St. and (Credit: Bebeto Matthews, Associated Press)

The classic Cheyenne Diner, at 33rd St. and 9th Ave., is seen Wednesday April 2, 2008, in New York. The 24/7 eatery popular with cabbies, cops and tourists, is closing Sunday, April 6 after 19 years.

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The classic Cheyenne Diner, at 33rd St. and
(Credit: Bebeto Matthews, Associated Press)

The classic Cheyenne Diner, at 33rd St. and 9th Ave., is seen Wednesday April 2, 2008, in New York. The 24/7 eatery popular with cabbies, cops and tourists, is closing Sunday, April 6 after 19 years.

Elba Aquino, foreground, and Alex Nunez, center, both
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Elba Aquino, foreground, and Alex Nunez, center, both waiters at the Cheyenne Diner in New York, prepare to serve customers Wednesday April 2, 2008. The Cheyenne will serve its last meal Sunday April 6. Nunez, who has worked at the diner for more than 14 years, says "I have done everything in this place. I'm really, really going to miss this place, but what can we do?"

Angie Kasimis talks on the phone surrounded by
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Angie Kasimis talks on the phone surrounded by pictures from celebrities and friends at the Cheyenne Diner in New York, Wednesday April 2, 2008. Kasimis and her husband operate the diner, a 24/7 eatery popular with cabbies, cops and tourists, which will close Sunday April 6. "I like the clientele here. They are like our friends, not like customers. We know everybody," said Kasimis.

Kelly Sitek, center, and her friend Maggie Mallery
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Kelly Sitek, center, and her friend Maggie Mallery have a meal at the classic Cheyenne Diner, in New York, Wednesday April 2, 2008. The Cheyenne Diner, a railway car-inspired eatery down the street from Penn Station, will serve its last meal on Sunday April 6.

Kelly Sitek, center, and her friend Maggie Mallery,
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Kelly Sitek, center, and her friend Maggie Mallery, right, chat during their meal at the classic Cheyenne Diner, in New York, Wednesday April 2, 2008. Sitek who likes a 1950's look, says the soon-to-closed diner appeals to her for that reason. "It looks like a 1950's diner, I really like that era, and it's good food." "It's a crime," Mallery chimed in. "It's historical. They shouldn't shut down." (

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Zarafin Luna, right, breaks from cooking as he
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Zarafin Luna, right, breaks from cooking as he listens to an order being placed at the soon-to-close Cheyenne diner in New York, Wednesday April 2, 2008. With cheap, basic eats like a $4.50 hamburger and $7.95 lumberjack breakfast - two eggs, pancakes or French toast, and ham, bacon or sausage - the diner has been popular with tourists, cabbies, cops and other denizens of the grungy neighborhood around Ninth Avenue and 33rd Street. (AP

Arturo Jemenez, left, calls an order ready in
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Arturo Jemenez, left, calls an order ready in the kitchen of the Cheyenne diner in New York, Wednesday April 2, 2008. The Cheyenne, a 24/7 eatery popular with cabbies, cops and tourists, will serve its last meal Sunday April 6. Jemenez, head cook who started as a deliveryman at the diner 14 years ago, says "I feel bad about it. I have a part of my life in that place." He recalled special memories, including an encounter with boxing promoter Don King who left him a $50 tip.

The classic Cheyenne Diner glows its welcome on
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The classic Cheyenne Diner glows its welcome on the corner of 33rd St. and Ninth Ave, near Penn Station in New York, Wednesday April 2, 2008. The Cheyenne, a 24/7 eatery popular with cabbies, cops and tourists for 19 years, will serve its last meal Sunday, April 6th.

Alex Nunez serves a customer at the Cheyenne
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Alex Nunez serves a customer at the Cheyenne diner in New York, Wednesday April 2, 2008. The Cheyenne at 33rd Street and Ninth Ave., a 24/7 classic diner popular with cabbies, cops and tourists, is closing Sunday, after 19 years. Nunez, who has worked at the diner for more than 14 years, says "I have done everything in this place. I'm really, really going to miss this place, but what can we do?"